In the rush of the holidays and the sprint towards the end of the year, we can all lose track of time. Our days are so filled with work, school, kids, and holiday activities that we can sometimes get lost in the shuffle and end up wondering where the time went. When this happens, we often forget to revel in the important themes of the holiday season, starting with gratitude.

Those with chronic pain (and their families) have the additional challenge of dealing with a chronic condition, a challenge that can cloud our ability to see the beauty all around us. After all, when your body is in pain and you cannot seem to find a minute in the holiday frenzy to catch your breath, the last thing on your mind may be expressing gratitude.

At Holistic Pain, we understand these challenges and wanted to take this time to wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving.

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward

We like to take a moment as we are gathered around the Thanksgiving table to share the things we are grateful for. Young and old can participate in this tradition. Gratitude at this time is an important part of the Thanksgiving meal, but we believe that this tradition can be transformative in daily life, helping to illuminate all of the blessings we have every day.

Even when living with pain and other challenges, we are alive in the world and capable of giving and receiving joy and love. Gratitude takes small daily acts and transforms them into something that is much greater. By appreciating what we have and sharing that with others, we are changing the way we look at the world and everyone in it.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Melody Beattie

There is no denying that chronic pain has a very real impact on those who suffer from it, as well as on family, friends, and caregivers. On some days the pain can be so intense as to make even the simplest task seem insurmountable. Navigating the hurdles of medical care – insurance, appointments, and treatments – only compounds the problem on those days. In this chaos and haze of pain, it can be challenging to cultivate a sense of gratitude.

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” Brian Tracy

But the act of focusing on the things for which we are grateful – instead of painful challenges – can improve our mindset exponentially. It can open our eyes to the great things that lie ahead instead of forcing us to stay focused on our current pain. Thanksgiving may be just another day on the calendar, but it can also serve as a month-long reminder to give thanks for everything in our lives.

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends. We are grateful you have chosen us to be a part of your journey this year, and we wish you a joyful, pain-free holiday season and beyond.

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